Should we strip-mine stone walls? I think not. One afternoon of work by a diesel-powered front-end loader can easily erase a century’s worth of hand-crafted stone, a labor of love by some anonymous person. Should we stiffen penalties for roadside thievery? I think so. Massachusetts recently did, raising the fine above $15 for the first time in decades. And thumbs-up to New Hamsphire for passing regulations in 2009 against theft. Conservation is a tricky business, which is why this section of the website has so many links:
- Threats, ranging from late-night rustling to legal strip-mining.
- Rationale, a series of published essays justifying the conservation movement.
- Case Histories, the good and bad news of towns confronting the stone wall trade.
- Stakeholders, a page explaining how we’re all in this together.
- Management, the nuts and bolts.
- Legalities, a short list of laws and ordinances. (Please send me yours to add here)